U.S. Attorney’s Office in Western District of Texas on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against 22-year-old Cecily Aguilar in connection with the disappearance of U.S. Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen.
The criminal complaint charges Aguilar with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Ultimately, she is set to take the fall for the murderer, who killed himself this week.
According to the complaint, 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson told Aguilar that he killed a female soldier by striking her in the head with a hammer at Ft. Hood on April 22, 2020.
Robinson admitted to Aguilar that he transferred the woman’s body off of Ft. Hood to a remote site in Bell County. Subsequently, Robinson enlisted the help of Aguilar in disposing of the dead female’s body.
The complaint further alleges that at a later time Aguilar recognized the deceased, whom she helped Robinson mutilate and dispose of, as Vanessa Guillen. The remains found in Bell County have yet to be formally identified by authorities.
Earlier this week, Robinson shot and killed himself when confronted by police.
Upon conviction, Aguilar faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. She remains in custody at this time awaiting her Initial Appearance in federal court in Waco. The hearing is expected to take place early next week.
The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (USACID) Special Agent in Charge Vanessa Neff at Fort Hood, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
Agents and investigators from USACID, FBI, Texas Rangers, Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Killeen Police Department, Belton Police Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Marshals Service are continuing to investigate this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Frazier and Greg Gloff are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The missing person case that evolved into murder has gripped the area, as it seemed to portend the worst outcome for Guillen.
A car washing facility in the city of Donna, Texas, where many of the relatives of Vanessa Guillen has become the canvas for a huge portrait of the young woman with waving Mexican and American flags.
The muralist of the Alamo, Alexander Gonzalez, wanted to contribute to the search for the missing woman and painted the mural with only $40 of paint, about 400 miles south of where she was last seen. Gonzalez told The Monitor that he felt he had to do something after seeing Guillen’s mother speak on television and ask for justice for her daughter and everyone’s help in finding her.